Schnauzer Calendars: The standard Schnazer is in the middle of the Schnauzer family with the Giant Schnauzer being larger and the Miniature Schnauzer smaller. They are referred to in Germany as "Mittelschnauzer", with "schnauze" meaning muzzle, and "mittel" probably referring to their size. They are attractive, robust, intelligent and playful dogs who make good companions and are generally good with children. Standard Schnauzers' ears are usually cropped in the US, but in Britain, it is illegal to crop the ears. Standard Schnauzers are medium sized, making them fine for the apartment or for a yard. They are very clean, have good habits and aren't particularly interested in wandering away from home. These Schnauzer Calendars show how they are devoted to family and will strive to protect them. They are alert, spirited and eager to please. The Standard Schnauzer is loyal and very intelligent, and is accustomed to being the watchdog and guardian. They are not trustworthy with smaller animals, however, due to their high prey drive. They do get along well with other dogs and pets of the same size, however. In the past, some Schnauzers have been known to "watch over" children in their spare time. Schnauzers are more of a one-person dog, but can be accustomed to a family. An interesting fact about the Schnauzer is that they generally don't have any "doggy" smell. Another interesting piece of history is that originally the Schnauzer and the German Pinscher were the same breed. Wirehaired pups would be called Schnauzers (meaning "muzzle"), while smooth coated pups were called Pinschers. Today they are bred as separate breeds, however. Schnauzer Calendars make great gifts.